PING PHOENIX JUNIOR NAMES FOUR MEDALISTS IN BOYS DIVISION QUALIFIER
Chang shoots 1-over to earn Girls Division honors at Moon Valley Country Club
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Glen Scher of Agoura Hills, Calif., Christopher Underhill of Bakersfield, Calif., Sejun Yoon of Oceanside, Calif., and Brian Song of Beverly Hills, Calif., all shot 2-under-par 70s to share medalist honors at the AJGA Qualifier for the PING Phoenix Junior. Jacqueline Chang of Paradise Valley, Ariz., took top Girls Division honors by carding a 1-over-par 73.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Qualifier for the PING Phoenix Junior was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Moon Valley Country Club. The qualifier field featured 73 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 9 states, Mexico, and Switzerland. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,161 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,419 yards.
Scher was excited to qualify after a successful day. He carded three birdies in his 18 holes of play, all coming consecutively on Nos. 7-9.
“Those birdies really got me started mid-round,” Scher said. “I almost made eagle on the par-5 8th so that boosted my confidence.”
Yoon was 3-under-par after carding four birdies in his first eight holes of play.
“I gave myself a lot of chances to make birdie on the par-4 and par-5s,” Yoon said. “Even though I didn't capitalize on all of them, it really made things easier as the round went on.”
Joining the medalists and qualifying for the tournament were Ricky Lee of Tucson, Ariz., Keaton Yoshiba of Torrance, Calif., James Ardell of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brent Baylon of Phoenix. Richie Kernagis of Mesa, Ariz., and Cameron Palmer of Gilbert, Ariz., both qualified via a sudden-death playoff for the two remaining spots in the tournament.
Also qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event was Alexander McMahon of Naples, Fla.
In the Girls Division, Chang carded two birdies on the front to shoot 1-over-par on the day.
“The heat got to me at the end of the day and my par-3 shots were hooking,” Chang said. “But my chipping was really good today. On No. 8 I had a 20-foot chip onto the green that ended up being a 1-foot birdie putt.”
Though Chang opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the event, the following players qualified and will play in the Girls Division of the PING Phoenix Junior: Hana Lee of Hacienda Heights, Calif., Ji In Park of Cupertino, Calif., Danielle Kang of Oak Park, Calif., Rebecca Schneider of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Erica Chean of Irvine, Calif.
Also qualifying for the tournament but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Nichole Corpus- Massucci of Henderson, Nev., Anna DePalma of San Clemente, Calif., and Tina Soyon Kwon of Irvine.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The opening round of the PING Phoenix Junior will be Tuesday, August 12 with tee times running of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees from 6:30 — 8:27 p.m. For more information about the PING Phoenix Junior, please contact Tournament Director Preston Etheridge at (602) 942-0000 ext. 4422.